Single Of The Week: Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Africa ’70 – Chop And Quench (Knitting Factory)
And I’m just here, standing on the other side of your screen from where I’m writing these lines. Thus listening to this piece – ‘Chop And Quench’ – and eventually experiencing like a ‘Back To The Future’ experience. Itself bringin’ me back at the period of its release. In other words, during my early teens, in 1973.
Don’t ever ask me why nor how my late mom’ managed to get me into so many influential pieces of music. Strangely enough, she just didn’t have a single clue as to what this or that was about. She just happened to never miss an opportunity to come back from her countless trips with an album for me. She did it with Santana‘s ‘Abraxas’ which got me into the magnetic ‘Singing Winds, Crying Beasts’. And she would do the same, bringin’ back a copy of Fela‘s ‘Afrodisiac’ album. Thus bringin’ me into ‘Chop And Quench’ and, more widely, into the music of the man.
Reappearing as the opening track to the ‘Finding Fela’ OST some 41 years after its release, ‘Chop And Quench’ hasn’t lost an oz. of its initial magnetism. This drivin’ us back to the cradle of the Groove. In other words, Motherland Africa! This while displaying a perfect contrast between this typical African horn play and the electronic keyboard. The whole over a pulsating bassline and the sparkling drum parts by the likes of the one and only Tony Allen.
Afrobeat at its very best. Or should I rather say High Life in some orgasmic progression, as ‘Chop And Quench’ is an instrumental. Itself born out of the blending of Jazz and Funk elements. With the whole sounding as insanely fresh (if not even more) as when released more than 40 years ago!
Missed it back then. Check it out and let us know wot U think…
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